Rotunda, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
Rosalind Park, Bendigo is an elegant, historical park north of Pall Mall, a main thoroughfare upon which an historic tram travels. From Pall Mall you cross one of the pretty iron footbridges over bluestone-lined Bendigo Creek and you'll find yourself in an English-style park with tall elms, oaks and pines that dominate the landscape.
Bendigo Creek, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
It's a delight to stroll through this park and see numerous points of interest like statues, sculptures, waterfalls, fountains, flower beds and a conservatory as well as the odd wild rabbit or two.
Conservatory, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
Along one side of the park is a dark, dense, enclosed fernery with pond and cascades that is home to a large colony of fruit bats that can be spotted hanging from tall trees. You can be forgiven for thinking you've entered a tropical jungle when you hear the bats' loud chattering sounds and notice a pervasive, pungent urine smell.
Fernery, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
To the north of the park you'll find a well-equipped adventure playground adjacent to Camp Hill Primary School which has exclusive use of the playground during school hours while the public can access it the rest of the time.
Camp Hill Play Space, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
For an excellent view of the city of Bendigo and the Cascades directly below, head to the highest point of the park - Poppet Head Lookout. Tourists and joggers alike can't resist climbing the tower's 124 steps. At its base are tiles depicting aspects of Bendigo's mining history.
Poppet Head Lookout, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
Not far from this tower is a large glass and metal sculpture of a rabbit by Matt Calvert entitled, "Peter stared into the vast unknown," which most likely represents the ubiquitous rabbits in the park.
Sculpture by Matt Calvert, Rosalind Park, Bendigo